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Track and Field Athletes Excel

Katrina Graves Johnson in high jump motion

High jumper Katrina Graves Johnson qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March in Idaho. She came in 16th, receiving an All American honorable mention.

Runner Matt Maldonado and high jumper Katrina Graves-Johnson qualified for the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in March in Idaho. Maldonado came in 12th and earned second-team All America honors, while Graves-Johnson came in 16th, receiving an All American honorable mention.

Maldonado became the first 49er to run a sub-four mile and won his event at the 2012 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Track and Field Indoor Championships in Seattle, Wash., in February.

Maldonado beat his own school record for the third time this season as he clocked in at 3:59.08. He was one of two competitors to finish in under four minutes

Graves-Johnson took second in the high jump, clearing 5-10. Earlier in February, she reached her lifetime best of 5-11.50 at the Flotrack Husky Classic in Washington.

The MPSF Championships also saw a number of Long Beach State records, including when Koree Hines ran his fastest 60-meter hurdle time at 8.09 seconds. On the women’s side, Kristen Kiefer also totaled a campus-best 3,585 points in the pentathlon, while Jessica Barnard broke a 49er record in the 800m with 2:10.40. In addition, Jacob Weintraub took third place in the shot put with a toss of 58-03.25.

CSULB runner Matt Maldonado

Matt Maldonado, center, became the first 49er to run a sub-four mile. Photos courtesy of LBSU Athletics